We are hopeful about the sustainable future of the Netherlands. A clean and circular economy delivers a lot for us and for future generations: healthier air, a better climate and a stronger economy. With our innovative companies and high-quality knowledge, we have an excellent starting position to become a sustainable leader in the world.
We want to get rid of oil, gas and coal as soon as possible and make room for clean energy. Saving energy in industry, the built environment and mobility is a top priority. Cars without emissions and zero-energy houses are becoming the norm. We do not want to waste materials that creation gives us, but reclaim and reuse them. We opt for the protection of valuable nature and the responsible use of space and landscape in the Netherlands.
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Climate, raw materials and energy
All life is God’s precious gift. We have a duty to handle creation with care. Pollution of the air and nature, waste of materials and depletion of resources are a major threat to the future of our children and grandchildren. The production of natural gas causes earthquakes and is a serious deterioration of their safety and quality of life for the people of Groningen. Fossil fuels pose major risks to the Dutch economy and prosperity. We are also too dependent on the Middle East and Russia. If we do nothing now, we will pass the huge bill – financially and ecologically – on to future generations.
Climate change is already harming the world’s poorest people. It is not without reason that Pope Francis calls for sustainable social justice in his encyclical “Laudato Si”. We want to combat climate change and make vulnerable countries resilient to floods and food shortages. The Paris Climate Agreement is therefore an important global agreement.
Towards a sustainable and circular economy
We are committed to a rapid and complete energy transition within one generation. There will be statutory intermediate targets per 5 years for CO2 reduction (55% in 2030), clean energy (45% in 2030) and energy savings (40% in 2030).
An investment in energy saving pays for itself twice over. It will provide environmental gains, phasing out the Groningen gas, substantial cost savings for households and companies, more comfort in homes and an impulse for the construction sector. Our heat supply must quickly become independent of natural gas.
Households become self-sufficient and start storing self-generated solar energy. Increasingly cheaper solar and wind energy will lead to the end of the fossil era and the closure of coal-fired power stations. We wants to accelerate this development by taxing CO2 emissions much more heavily and imposing higher environmental requirements on power plants.
Too often our products end up as useless waste. Making better use of residual flows and reusing products and materials offers golden opportunities for the environment and our economy. We must learn to think from raw materials instead of waste. Waste separation must therefore be strongly encouraged.
The climate problem is a global problem. The Netherlands takes international responsibility for climate finance, so that developing countries are supported in their preparations for extreme drought or floods. Climate change also has consequences for the Netherlands. We therefore invest in domestic climate adaptation: in water management, dikes, robust spatial planning, agriculture and the immediate living environment.